by Adam Kronberger / Head of School
I suppose many Oregonians have begun to consider what outdoor plans they may be able to execute this summer. Living in such a seasonal climate, there is a limited window to enjoy activities in nature. My son and I are looking forward to hikes to the summits of South Sister and Mt. St. Helens. The experience of completing these fairly grueling hikes can be quite rewarding. At the end of each of our previous hikes, there is a satisfaction that comes from enduring the task. Oftentimes we remark, “The amount of water we took was just right!” or “Our new hiking poles really helped out!” or “I need to get into better shape!” Regardless of the degree of success, the bond of going through the challenging experience together deepens the bond of friendship and character in both of us.
As we near the end of the 2019-2020 school year with this season of distance learning, there is a similar sense of accomplishment. While none of us signed up for this mountainous schooling adventure, the forced experience is coming to completion. I’m sure there are plenty of comments being made in each of our households, “I’m so glad that it’s over!” or “I can’t believe what I”m saying, but I really miss school!” or “I never want to look at a screen again!” But on a more positive note, take the time to consider what has been gained through this experience. What new family routines were developed that deepened bonds of friendship? What innovation was developed that can be applied to other situations? What spiritual or character muscles were exposed to be out of shape?
There are many historical illustrations in Scripture that parallel our current circumstances. In most cases, words of encouragement and/or clear warnings were provided to simply not forget. Don’t forget what the Lord brought you through. Don’t forget what you have learned. Don’t forget that circumstances should not drive your character. Don’t forget that God is sovereign.
Still, I admit that a big part of me is eager to forget much of this season and move on. So I gladly accept the words of Paul who wrote, “one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). How exciting! What does the next season look like for each one of us as we fully engage in this upward call to walk with God?
Each time that I hike with my son, I always surprise him with some specially packed treats to enjoy when we reach the summit. To a much more significant extent, God always has a prize for us as we walk out the plans that He has for us. We will continue to communicate regularly with our CCS community as we make plans for the fall and the Lord establishes our steps.